Malware is a piece of software intended to damage and disable computer/web operations. Malware is a very broad term which includes viruses, worm, Trojan, spyware, adware and other malicious programs. A tiny vulnerability present in your WordPress blog could allow hackers to inject malware. Updating your plugins and themes on regular basis is not enough, you need to make sure that your WordPress Blog should not contain any malicious script.
A Malicious code not only harms your website internally but It also harms your blog’s online reputation and search engine rankings. Blogs containing malicious scripts will not be shown in search engine results because Search Engine such as Google regularly scans your WordPress blog for Blacklisted links and Malicious codes.
As we all know that in order to detect a malware we need an anti-malware/anti-virus software and WordPress has some good Anti-malware scanners which are available as WordPress Plugins. I really don’t want to confuse you by listing 10-20 malware scanning WordPress plugins. Here, I’ve listed two useful and updated WordPress Security Plugins to scan and prevent your blog from malware injection.
Anti-Malware plugin scans your WordPress blog for every kind of Malicious scripts. Users can also ask their queries by visiting its active support forum.
AntiVirus is a very useful plugin which automatically scan whole WordPress directory for any malicious injections at regular intervals.
Is relying on these Plugins will prevent your WordPress blog from any malware attack? and my answer is no, dependency only on WordPress plugins to get prevention from any Malware attack is not recommended. There are some other options that you could do to improve your WordPress blog’s security.
Ask your Webhost
You can contact your web hosting provider if you are suspecting any suspicious activity. Every webhost use Anti-malware tools to scan their web servers and you can ask them to scan your website again. However, this kind of request depends upon type of web host and the type of services you have been subscribed.
Run online malware scanning
You can scan you website by using free online website and webpage scanners. There are some good online website scanners which are available in free of cost such as:
- AVG Online webpage scanner
- Sucuri SiteCheck
- Comodo site inspector
- Virus Total URL Scanner
- Dr. Web Online scanner
- McAfee SiteAdvisor
Never install any suspicious plugin/theme downloaded from Torrent/File sharing sites.
You might have seen many paid WordPress Theme and Plugins available in free on various File sharing websites and torrent engines. It is possible that these files may contain malicious codes, viruses, spywares, encrypted codes etc. which harms your website directly. Hence, It is never recommended to install such types of Plugins, Themes and any other script on your WordPress Blog.
Be the first one to update WordPress, Plugins and Themes
To get prevention from known vulnerability and bugs you should be the first one to update all your WordPress Plugins and Themes to maximize the security.
Update you System and installed applications
Updating your system and applications with latest updates will insure security for your blog too. For example, many of us use FTP programs to upload files and vulnerability present in that program due to lack of update may compromise your system as well as your blog.
Subscribe to Webmaster Tools
Online Webmaster tools such as Google Webmaster tools and Bing Webmaster tools not only help in providing search related data and website statistics of your blog but also alert you in case of any critical issues. Professional bloggers are already having their account in Google and Bing Webmaster tools and in case if you don’t have your account, Sign up now.